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5:10 PM ET, May 12, 2010

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kagan's friends: She's not gay  —  Elena Kagan is not a lesbian, one of her best friends told POLITICO Tuesday night, responding to persistent rumors and innuendo about the Supreme Court nominee's personal life.  —  “I've known her for most of her adult life and I know she's straight,” …
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Elena Kagan White House “Interview” Riles Reporters  —  The White House today posted on its website a video allowing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to speak “in her own words” about her personal history and perspective.  —  In the interview, conducted by a White House staffer who produces videos …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Memos reveal Kagan's centrist side  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged President Bill Clinton to take centrist stances in several battles over issues like abortion and family leave when other administration officials or allies were pressing for a more aggressively liberal approach …
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Obama and Kagan whisper in the faculty lounge
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Kagan Says ‘Governmental Motive’ …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Seton Motley / NewsBusters.org:
SCOTUS Nominee Kagan for ‘Redistribution of Speech’ …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Kagan sparred with Clinton race panel
Discussion: The Politico
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
The Bounds of Silence  —  Obama's Supreme Court pick looks wobbly on freedom of speech.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Pew Research Center:
Broad Approval For New Arizona Immigration Law  —  Democrats Divided, But Support key Provisions  —  The public broadly supports a new Arizona law aimed at dealing with illegal immigration and the law's provisions giving police increased powers to stop and detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Jobs” Drops to No. 2 on Americans' List of Top Problems  —  Economy ranks No. 1, while mentions of immigration are up sharply  —  PRINCETON, NJ — After two months as the clear No. 1 perceived problem facing the country, unemployment/jobs dipped to No. 2 in May, while “the economy” in general moved back into the top position.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Politico
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Support broadens among Americans for Arizona's tough illegal …
Quinnipiac University:
Specter-Sestak Dem Primary Too Close To Call, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Toomey Has Big Lead In Republican Primary  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak continues his stretch run in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate primary and now trails incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter by a too-close-to-call 44 …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Suspicions about Specter aid Sestak  —  PITTSBURGH - The first time Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) slipped up here Tuesday night at the Allegheny County Democratic Committee's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, most in the audience pretended not to notice.  —  But at the end of his remarks when Specter again thanked the …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Arizona bans ‘ethnic studies’  —  Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a law banning the state's schools from teaching ethnic studies classes.  —  Brewer signed the bill Tuesday that targets Chicano studies programs currently being taught in Tucson schools.
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
DADT statement from Milbloggers  —  There was a recent exchange of letters between Sen. Levin and Sec. Def.  Gates about the study the military is doing about Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  In it Sec. Gates confirmed that the military was looking at how best to implement the policy on the assumption that the rule would be changed.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Milbloggers call for end to 'Don't Ask'  —  A group of leading military bloggers has issued a joint statement urging Congress to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”  —  The community of “mil-bloggers” — often hawkish, critical of White House and military leadership, devoted …
Paul Krugman:
Are We Greece?  —  David Leonhardt tries to draw parallels.  But how strong is the parallel, really?  —  I would really question this comparison: … Um, that's comparing a (highly uncertain) projection of debt 20 years from now — a projection that's based on the assumption of unchanged policy — with actual debt now.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Post
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New York Post:
Obama won't golf with Limbaugh  —  When President Obama was asked if he would play a round of golf with his talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh, the response, relayed by a top Democrat, was: “Limbaugh can play with himself.”  —  This is according to Zev Chafets in his new book, “Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One,” due May 25 from Sentinel.
CNN:
Top senators introduce comprehensive energy bill  —  Sens. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts (left), and Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut (right), introduced a sweeping energy and climate change bill Wednesday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Two leading senators on Wednesday introduced a sweeping energy …
Discussion: The Note and Ben Smith's Blog
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Washington Post:
Stupak: Oil well's blowout preventer had leaks, dead battery, design flaws  —  A senior House Democrat said that the blowout preventer that failed to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico had a dead battery in its control pod, leaks in its hydraulic system, a “useless” test version …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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New York Times:
Lawmakers Cite Failure of Safety Measure in Gulf Spill
Discussion: News Desk and Truthdig
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
It's official: Charlie Crist won't give campaign refunds  —  Gov. Charlie Crist told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on April 30 that he would “probably” give refunds to donors who don't approve of him leaving the GOP.  Some donors to his U.S. Senate campaign were told before the switch …
Rep. Eric Cantor / Big Government:
Tired of Big Government Spending?  Then YouCut it!  —  Two weeks ago, I wrote on BigGovernment that the GOP Today is much different than the party was a few years back.  I was glad that my post generated attention, and very pleased to read through the different responses - both positive and skeptical.
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Shocking Rashad Hussain Interview  —  A friend of COMMENTARY calls my attention to this interview with the controversial Rashad Hussain, the U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.  You will recall that his nomination raised concerns when his comments alleging a …
Discussion: Power Line
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Jeff Merkley:
Senate Passes Merkley-Klobuchar Amendment to Protect Homeowners from Deceptive Mortgage Practices  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, an amendment put forth by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar to the Wall Street reform bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-36.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Incredible Growing FinReg Bill
Discussion: Eschaton
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Sources: Gregoire Could Replace Kagan  —  WA Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) leads a short list to replace Solicitor General Elena Kagan, the WH has told members of Gregoire's home-state delegation.  —  Gregoire, a 2-term incumbent and a former WA AG, has been a rumored contender for other admin positions.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
‘Secret’ telecom anti-Net neutrality plan isn't  —  The Center for American Progress seemed to have blockbuster news on Tuesday: an expose titled “Telecoms' Secret Plan To Attack Net Neutrality.”  —  On its Think Progress blog, the liberal advocacy group announced it had “obtained” …
CNN:
TRENDING: Sanford reunites with Argentine mistress  —  Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford confirmed Wednesday that he spent last weekend trying to rekindle a relationship with an Argentine woman he once called his “soul mate.”  —  “As a matter of record …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Caving To NRA, Tennessee Legislature Passes ‘Guns In Bars’ Bill  —  Last month, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed legislation to allow “concealed carry permit holders to bring loaded guns” into establishments that serve alcohol.  The law does not permit gun holders to consume alcohol …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP plans Tampa '12 convention  —  The Republican National Committee's site-selection committee is expected to name Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday as site of the party's 2012 convention, top Republicans tell POLITICO.  —  The site-selection committee is scheduled to announce a choice among three finalists …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
He's No Henry Clay  —  The president's aversion to compromise.  —  “I go for honorable compromise whenever it can be made.  Life itself is but a compromise between death and life, the struggle continuing throughout our whole existence. .    .  .
 
 
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Voters' anxiety clouds Obama's historic successes
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The RPI Revolution?  —  In every election or campaign …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP RECONSIDERS THE IMPORTANCE OF EMPATHY.... There was a tiresome …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rep. Alan Mollohan loses Democratic primary in West Virginia